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Sunday, July 3, 2011

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Free Australian film screening in Osaka

The Australian film "Rabbit-Proof Fence" will be screened from 1:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. July 9 at the National Museum of Ethnology in Suita, Osaka Prefrecture.

Directed by Phillip Noyce, the film is based on the book by Doris Pilkington Garimara. The book is a true story about Aboriginal girls who escaped from a native settlement where they had been forced to live in 1931.

The film, released in 2002, will be shown in English with Japanese subtitles. Admission is free and 450 people will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. The venue is the museum's auditorium. Numbered tickets will be handed out at the auditorium entrance at 10 a.m. on the day of the screening.

For more information and an access map to the museum, visit the museum website at www.minpaku.ac.jp (in Japanese and English).

Kids Plaza Osaka marks 14th anniversary

Kids Plaza Osaka, a children's museum in Kita Ward, Osaka, is holding a special event until July 14 marking its 14th anniversary.

The event is titled "Wonder Kids Plaza! 14th." A section has been set up in front of Kids Plaza Hall on the fifth floor where visitors can play with moving pictures. Next Saturday and Sunday, 40-minute workshops on "zoetropes" will be held four times daily, at 11 a.m., noon, 2:15 p.m. and 3:15 p.m.

The zoetrope is an optical toy comprising a cylinder with a series of pictures on the inside. When viewed through slits with the cylinder rotating, the toy gives the impression of continuous motion.

For these workshops, 10 participants, who must be elementary school students or older, will be accepted. Numbered tickets will be handed out in front of Kids Plaza Hall.

Other programs, such as screenings of "Astro Boy," as well as a picture-card show and a concert, will also be held during the event period.

For details, go to www.kidsplaza.or.jp (in Japanese). Admission is ¥1,200 for adults, ¥600 for elementary and junior high school students, and ¥300 for children above the age of 3.

The museum is open from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays and from 9:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. weekends. It is near Exit 2 of Ogimachi Station on the Sakaisuji subway line, or a three-minute walk west of Tenma Station on the JR Osaka Loop Line. For more information, contact the museum at (06) 6311-6601.

English lecture on liberal nationalism in Suita

The Institute of Legal Studies of Kansai University in Suita, Osaka Prefecture, is hosting a lecture on liberal nationalism from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. this Wednesday.

Oxford University professor and political theorist David Miller will give a talk titled "Liberal Nationalism in non-Western Countries."

The lecture will be in English. No admission or reservations are required. The venue is Kojima Korekata-kan Hall on the Suita campus of Kansai University, which is about a 10-minute walk from Kandai-mae Station on the Hankyu Senri Line.

For further information, contact the organizer at (06) 6368-0329 or send an email to hogakuken@ml.kandai.jp.



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